The story goes like this…. There were terrible floods in Kickapoo Valley. Then there was a land claims dispute that lasted a long time. Long enough in fact that a forest grew in the valley since no one was allowed to use it during the dispute. Amazingly the flooding stopped. Why? Because the trees and vegetation acted like sponges, soaking up the heavy rains and releasing the water slowly. This exhibit simulates this using thick towels for the forested side.